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Emily Brunner, MD, FASAM

Candidate for Region VI Director

Biography and Statement


1. What are your greatest contributions to ASAM and the field of addiction medicine?

Passionate advocacy on behalf of my patients in addition to a strong commitment to evidence-based medicine.

To this end, I am most proud of helping my chapter of ASAM abolish prior authorizations for the medications used to treat opioid use disorder for a brief period. I also helped rebuild the active chapter in Minnesota, along with the rest of our very excellent executive counsel team, and we went from not meeting to having quarterly meetings with 40 people.

2. How would your election benefit ASAM and the field of addiction medicine?

I am eager to further be a part of advocating for people struggling with substance use disorder at a higher level. I also think my background in multiple different settings, and having practiced in both Michigan and Minnesota can provide a useful perspective to allow me to represent my region, and help us to become more unified.

Biographical Sketch

I grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and then went to MIT, where I majored in neuroscience. I then went to medical school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and then stayed there to attend family medicine residency. After completing residency, I worked at a public clinic in Michigan doing full-spectrum family medicine and a pain medicine and addiction clinic, where I had fantastic mentors who helped me along the practice pathway to addiction medicine.

I then moved to Minnesota to work at Hazelden Betty Ford in an outpatient setting, where my primary job was focusing on integrating medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder with traditional abstinence based therapy. I then transitioned to St. Joseph's hospital in St. Paul, where I practice in an outpatient addiction medicine clinic embedded in a hospital with an inpatient addiction medicine unit also.